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Location: Anchorage

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2019

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

 Anchorage, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
 Anchorage, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Content: The Anchorage airport is busiest from 10pm to 2am. Most flights arrive from Seattle and do so later at night, so Day 1 was likely spent getting to Alaska. After arrival, picked up our rental car and head for our hotel in Anchorage.

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

 Anchorage, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
 Anchorage, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel
 Anchorage, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

Content: Located less than a kilometre from the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, this downtown Anchorage hotel features an on-site restaurant and rooms with stunning mountain, city or Cook Inlet views.

Alaska Native Heritage Center

 Anchorage, Alaska Native Heritage Center
 Anchorage, Alaska Native Heritage Center
 Anchorage, Alaska Native Heritage Center

Content: The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a great place to start for those interested in learning about the Alaska native cultures, and their languages, handicrafts, songs, dances and more. Admission is 24.95 for adults 16 years old and up, $16.95 for kids ages 7-16, and free for children 6 years and under. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is open May-September.

Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill

 Anchorage, Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill
 Anchorage, Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill

Content: Our first day in Alaska was topped off by a visit to this fantastic restaurant. The food was fresh and our window seat view was spectacular. We were looking for a local place to try, hoping we'd get a taste of local cuisine. Primarily seafood. I feel like we made an excellent choice. While the decor was slightly dated, it felt warm and welcoming after spending the morning walking around in the cold.

Location: Anchorage

Day 2 - 2 Jul 2019

Denali National Park

 Anchorage,  Denali National Park
 Anchorage,  Denali National Park

Content: We started early for our drive to Denali National Park. It’s roughly a 4 hour drive from Anchorage. Headed north on the Glenn Highway out of Anchorage until we got past the hay flats (look for moose!) where the road splits take the Parks Highway toward Wasilla.

Location: Denali

Day 2 - 2 Jul 2019

Denali Lakeview Inn

Denali , Denali Lakeview Inn

Content: Great place to stay near the Denali park. Clean and nice rooms, an amazing lake view, access to fire pits, kayaks, and row boats. Super friendly family run business. We loved it!

Denali Natural History Tour

Denali , Denali Natural History Tour
Denali , Denali Natural History Tour

Content: The Denali Natural History Tour has a human focus, making stops for an Alaskan Native presentation that shows how to land surrounding Denali has been used for the last 10,000 years, as well as stops for the original ranger cabin at Savage River and more. Your driver and naturalist guide will also point out wildlife and explain the geology, landscape, and history of the park. The tour lasts about 5 hours in duration

229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern

Denali , 229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern

Content: 229 is well deserving of the praise it receives. I was really impressed that this level of dining was available out here! The Halibut is probably the best I've had in the state. My party also had the lamb lollipops and octopus, both of which were cooked to perfection. The addition of fresh garden greens to each dish and the appetizers is commendable. Lastly, prices are very fair and service staff were friendly.

Location: Denali

Day 3 - 3 Jul 2019

Tundra Wilderness Tour

Denali , Tundra Wilderness Tour
Denali , Tundra Wilderness Tour
Denali , Tundra Wilderness Tour

Content: The Tundra Wilderness Tour is one of the narrated bus tours on offer of Denali National Park. If you’re out to see wildlife, this is the tour you wanna be on. The drivers are usually excellent at spotting wildlife and tend to know the usual hangouts for lots of the wildlife, plus park rangers keep drivers in the know of what animals are spotted where throughout the day. The Tundra Wilderness Tour lasts about 8 hours, snacks are provided, but I’d recommend bringing some of your own as well.

Mt. Healy Overlook

Denali , Mt. Healy Overlook
Denali , Mt. Healy Overlook
Denali , Mt. Healy Overlook

Content: Mt. Healy Overlook is a trek that gives great panoramic views of the Denali National Park entrance area. From the Visitor Center, you can access the Mt. Healy Overlook trail by first taking the Taiga Trail and take the Mt. Healy Trail that veers from it.

Northern Lights

Denali , Northern Lights

Content: Denali National Park is a great place to hunt for the aurora from, without much light pollution. September is the best month for trying to see the northern lights from Denali National Park as it’s typically one of the most active auroral months, and the area isn’t completely shut for the winter season.

Denali Brewpub

Denali , Denali Brewpub
Denali , Denali Brewpub

Content: The burger was heavenly and perfectly cooked, sweet potato wedges crunchy and perfect. The pesto pasta was so fresh tasting. the blue berry mojito is a must have. The service was amazing! Everyone was so friendly.

Location: Denali

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2019

Wonder Lake & Reflection Pond

Denali , Wonder Lake & Reflection Pond
Denali , Wonder Lake & Reflection Pond
Denali , Wonder Lake & Reflection Pond

Content: Located at mile 84.5 and 85.3 respectively, Wonder Lake and Reflection Pond are a dream for photographers. If you’re dying to get the reflection shot of Denali I’d recommend camping at Wonder Lake and moseying on over to Reflection Lake in the morning for the perfect shot

Stony Hill Overlook

Denali , Stony Hill Overlook
Denali , Stony Hill Overlook

Content: Stony Hill Overlook is the spot that many of the photos you see of Denali are shot from. On a clear day, this is the best place for viewing North America’s tallest peak in all its glory. Stony Hill Overlook is located just a hair before mile 62 on the park road.

Whitewater Raft Nenana River

Denali , Whitewater Raft Nenana River
Denali , Whitewater Raft Nenana River

Content: We booked an 2 hour long Nenana whitewater rafting trip. You’ll, of course, be set up with dry suits (the water is frigid), helmets and paddles and provided with an experienced river guide.

Denali Kennel and Sled Dog Demonstration

Denali , Denali Kennel and Sled Dog Demonstration
Denali , Denali Kennel and Sled Dog Demonstration

Content: For those interested in learning more about dog mushing, sled dog demos are done with park rangers at 10 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm every day in the summer. If you are unable to make it during one of the demonstrations you can still visit between 9 am and 4:30 pm to meet the dogs.

Denali Flightseeing Trip

Denali , Denali Flightseeing Trip
Denali , Denali Flightseeing Trip

Content: Flightseeing is a great way to not only cover a lot of ground but get to know Alaska from a different perspective- aerial.

Alpenglow Restaurant

Denali , Alpenglow Restaurant

Content: Really friendly and attentive staff. Although the restaurant does get busy during rush hours, it was never a long wait. The food was very good and the view was inspiring.

Location: Denali

Day 5 - 5 Jul 2019

Seward

Denali , Seward
Denali , Seward

Content: We left Denali in the morning, making scenic stops for anything we missed on our way up. We arrived in Anchorage by midday, so grabbed lunch at Glacier Brewhouse. In the early afternoon begin our drive south to Seward along the Seward Highway making any scenic stops you see along the way (trust me, there are tons!).

Location: Seward

Day 5 - 5 Jul 2019

Seward Windsong Lodge

Seward, Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward, Seward Windsong Lodge

Content: Seward Windsong Lodge couldn’t have been prettier or more majestic. We had a wonderful time with no issues whatsoever. Our room was very nice, clean and upgraded. The beds were nice and firm, so no backaches.

The Cookery

Seward, The Cookery

Content: Great food and service by a Seward local icon. The cookery has great meals and beverages and the service from friendly staff who seem genuinely happy to see you and serve you! The food is very good but we did find the prices a little high, but it is Alaska!

Location: Seward

Day 6 - 6 Jul 2019

Kenai Fjords National Park

Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park
Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park

Content: Kenai Fjords National Park is comprised of over 600,000 acres of remote backcountry land. Most visitors opt to explore the park’s coastal areas by glacier and wildlife cruising, or by trekking along the trail to Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield. More intrepid visitors will kayak around the fjords or trek into the backcountry. There is no entry fee for visitors to Kenai Fjords National Park and there is a small Nature Center located near to the toe of Exit Glacier where you can meet with park rangers who will answer any questions you may have.

Kenai Fjords cruise

Seward,  Kenai Fjords cruise
Seward,  Kenai Fjords cruise

Content: We recommend taking a Kenai Fjords cruise to views the best parts of the park and to view wildlife and glaciers. Many times you’ll get to see glaciers calving right in front of you, and the possibility of spotting otters and even whales.

Alaska SeaLife Center

Seward, Alaska SeaLife Center
Seward, Alaska SeaLife Center
Seward, Alaska SeaLife Center

Content: The Alaska Sealife Center is a cold water marine science research facility that also serves as an educational center and as a rehabilitation center for injured marine animals. The sealife center is especially perfect or those visiting with kids as there are several activities and interactions that will keep everyone in the family happy. Tickets for adults 13+ years are 29.95 and kids 3-12 years re 17.95. Fees are $23.95 and 13.95 for Alaska residents, respectively. Children 2 and under are free.

Seward Harbor

Seward, Seward Harbor
Seward, Seward Harbor
Seward, Seward Harbor

Content: Wander the docks of the harbor for some of the best views of the around Seward and of Resurrection Bay, and have a laugh at the witty names of some of the boats. The water of Resurrection Bay is a beautiful emeraldy-turquoise and can make for some gorgeous photos, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Resurrection Bay

Seward, Resurrection Bay
Seward, Resurrection Bay

Content: Hands down, Resurrection Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Alaska. If you’re a decent kayaker or stand-up paddle boarder you can rent kayaks and SUPs in Seward and paddle along the bay. You can rent kayaks and SUPs from Miller’s Landing for about $80 per day.

The Highliner Restaurant

Seward, The Highliner Restaurant
Seward, The Highliner Restaurant

Content: Nice new restaurant in Seward. Great menu, good service, nice variety of beers. Wine choices a bit lean and no hard stuff but not a big deal. Nachos with brisket was the bomb.

Location: Seward

Day 7 - 7 Jul 2019

Homer

Seward,  Homer
Seward,  Homer

Content: Got an early start on our day to Homer. Total drive time is 3.5 hours to Homer. We passed through several communities on our venture: Cooper Landing, Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, Kasilof, Ninilchik, Anchor Point and finally onto Homer.

Location: Homer

Day 7 - 7 Jul 2019

Land's End Resort

Homer, Land's End Resort
Homer, Land's End Resort

Content: It’s amazing place to stay. The front desk guy was very nice and even upgraded our stay as their was some confusion about our booking and we were charged wrong. But he made up for it and gave a beautiful suite overlooking the mountains. Though due to overcast we could not really see much of mountains still it was nice gesture by the front desk. Beautiful decor and place is clean and beautiful. Definitely love to go back and highly recommended.

Homer Spit

Homer,  Homer Spit
Homer,  Homer Spit

Content: The Homer Spit juts out into Kachemak Bay about 4.5 miles, making it the longest road into ocean waters in the world. Many of the attractions and things to do in Homer sit on the Homer Spit, from campgrounds, souvenir shops, the Homer Harbor, restaurants, hotels, and even the famous Salty Dawg Saloon.

Bear Creek Winery

Homer, Bear Creek Winery
Homer, Bear Creek Winery
Homer, Bear Creek Winery

Content: Bear Creek Winery specializes in fruit and berry wines and its wines can be found for sale all over the state at local liquor shops. For $5 you can do a wine tasting here at the winery to sample 8 of their wines. In spring and summer, the grounds have a beautiful garden. It’s also possible to stay at the winery.

Salty Dawg Saloon

Homer, Salty Dawg Saloon
Homer, Salty Dawg Saloon

Content: The Salty Dawg is a Homer landmark, located on the Spit. It was originally built in 1897 and has served as a post office, railway station, grocer, mining office and school. In 1957 it was converted to a saloon.

Fat Olive's Restaurant

Homer, Fat Olive's Restaurant
Homer, Fat Olive's Restaurant

Content: Fat Olives has wood-fired pizzas, tasty salads, variety of appetizers, and a full dinner menu in the evening. . They do a big take-out business and have giant slices of pizza for sale as single slices. Their whole pizzas are enormous. They have a variety of wines and beers, and each wine is priced the same whether per glass or per bottle. Their beer selection includes a number of Alaskan brews.

Location: Homer

Day 8 - 8 Jul 2019

Kachemak Bay State Park

Homer, Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer, Kachemak Bay State Park

Content: Kachemak Bay State Park is Alaska’s first state park. With countless hiking opportunities to explore the parks mountains, glaciers, and beaches. There plenty of great places to camp along the state park as well, making Kachemak Bay State Park a great place for multi-day trekking trips.

Halibut Cove

Homer, Halibut Cove
Homer, Halibut Cove

Content: Took a water taxi across Kachemak Bay to explore Halibut Cove. Halibut Cove originally began with herring salteries and from there has blossomed into a community. Halibut Cove is home to one of the floating post office in the US

Kilcher Homestead Living Museum

Homer, Kilcher Homestead Living Museum

Content: The Kilcher Homestead Living Museum gives visitors the chance to see the homestead made popular by the reality tv show Alaska: The Last Frontier. For $20 per person, you can take a guided tour of the property.

Pratt Museum

Homer, Pratt Museum
Homer, Pratt Museum
Homer, Pratt Museum

Content: The Pratt Museum serves as a natural history museum of the Kachemak Bay region. There are exhibits displaying native Alaskan culture and traditions, homesteading, local marine and terrestrial life, local contemporary art, a historical cabin, a nature trail, and even a botanical garden. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 6-18 years old.

Little Mermaid

Homer, Little Mermaid

Content: Kind of on the expensive side, but everything's pricey here. The food was delicious though, great presentation and flavors! Service was great too. Expect a but of a wait when you get there

Location: Homer

Day 9 - 9 Jul 2019

Fresh Sourdough Express

Homer, Fresh Sourdough Express

Content: Amazing food. Everything was so fresh and cooked perfectly. Service was fast and friendly. Bathrooms were very clean. I loved that they had a playground in the front yard for little kids and they even have raspberry and strawberry bushes.

Girdwood

Homer,  Girdwood
Homer,  Girdwood

Content: The drive time to Girdwood was about 3.5 hours. On our way up to Girdwood make any scenic stops that we may have missed when we headed south to the Kenai Peninsula.

Location: Girwood

Day 9 - 9 Jul 2019

Alyeska Resort

Girwood,  Alyeska Resort

Content: Located in the Chugach State Park surrounded by amazing mountains in the glacier-carved valley this lodge and resort is an incredible luxury stay during your Alaska adventures. Besides having cozy rooms with views, there are amazing restaurants on site, trails around the resort where you can spot wildlife, and access to the Alyeska Aerial Tram.

Alyeska Aerial Tram

Girwood, Alyeska Aerial Tram
Girwood, Alyeska Aerial Tram

Content: One of the best things to do in Girdwood, Alaska is to see it from above and be rewarded with majestic panoramic views of the landscape and mountains surrounding the area on the Alyeska Aerial Tram.The Alyeska Aerial Tram takes passengers on a breathtaking 3-7 minute ride that goes 2,300 feet upwards from Alyeska Resort to the top of the mountain it is named after. The views from the tram are awe-inspiring, extending for miles on a clear day in every possible direction and giving riders the best views of the “hanging” glaciers and the Turnagain Arm, going all the way into the peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range.

Virgin Creek Falls

Girwood,  Virgin Creek Falls
Girwood,  Virgin Creek Falls

Content: A simple hike at Virgin Creek Falls is one of the most rewarding and easier things to do in Girdwood, Alaska that doesn’t require a long walk.The trail is well worn, winding through dense forests of pine trees covered in moss and offering shade from the sun. The trail is mostly flat and runs beside the stream leading to the waterfall.

Helicopter ride to Glacier

Girwood, Helicopter ride to Glacier
Girwood, Helicopter ride to Glacier
Girwood, Helicopter ride to Glacier

Content: From Girdwood Airport, the view is absolutely magnificent right from the start of your ascent. As you climb, you will be able to see the legendary Lake George Glacier, the Colony Glacier, and Lake George Glacier. As you fly, marvel at the pools formed from azure melt-water as well as the majestic wildlife in the area like caribou, bears, and sheep as they traverse the River Valley.

Chair 5

Girwood, Chair 5
Girwood, Chair 5
Girwood, Chair 5

Content: This cozy restaurant has a laidback lodge vibe and cool decor ranging from antique signs to neon beer signs set inside a wooden cabin. This is a great stop for dinner with a menu full of amazing seafood dishes, pizza, burgers, and more. The entire experience just gives you an Alaska feel and the food is especially tasty.

Location: Girwood

Day 10 - 10 Jul 2019

Anchorage

Girwood, Anchorage
Girwood, Anchorage

Content: We grabbed some breakfast at the Bake Shop before leaving Girdwood in the morning. We had our flight to return home from Anchorage. Alaska was an memorable adventurous trip.